Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) has written Nyasa Big Bullets, asking them to state whether their reserve side will take up its TNM Super League slot.
Bullets Reserve earned automatic promotion to the Super League after lifting the Southern Region Football League title last month, courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Sable Farming at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.
SRFA Chairperson Raphael Humba said they needed to know Bullets’ official position on the matter after it was reported that the regional champions would not take up the slot.
“We wrote Bullets but there has been no response so far. We are expecting them to officially write us after serving them with a copy through Football Association of Malawi [Fam].
“We have sent them a reminder to that effect. We want them to state their position so that we map the way forward.
“We want this matter sorted out in good time so that whoever goes to represent us in the Super League can have enough time to prepare.
“Super League participation requires teams to comply with Club Licencing regulations in terms of finances, players, technical panels and even logistics. So we will push Bullets until we get a response,” Humba said.
However, Bullets Chief Administrative Officer Albert Chigoga said their board would have the final say on the matter.
“We are aware of the need to clearly state our position on the matter but we have a board that will deliberate on what we will have to do. We set up the reserve side to comply with club licencing requirements.
“The reserve team is primarily for developing talent. It is a feeder team to our senior side. The reserve team has been winning the regional title for more than two years and we are happy with it.
“While our primary goal is to maintain the team as our reserve side, the decision on joining the top flight league rests with the leadership of the club. There are also issues of the slot to think about as well. So we will make our position known at an appropriate time,” Chigoga said.
Bullets Reserve have runners-up Sable Farming waiting in the wings should Bullets’ board decide against registering them in the elite league.
Sable already expressed willingness to compete in the Super League.
Some of the best talents to have emerged from Bullets Reserve in recent times are Malawi National Football Team stars Chimwemwe Idana, Nickson Nyasulu and Charles Petro.
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